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Barbara Williams-Skinner

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Profession

Category:
ReligionMakers
Occupation(s):
Spiritual Leader

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Barbecue (Tofu)
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Baja California
Favorite Quote:
That's absolutely excellent.

Birthplace

Born:
12/23/1943
Birth Location:
Antioch, California

Profession

Category:
ReligionMakers
Occupation(s):
Spiritual Leader

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Barbecue (Tofu)
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Baja California
Favorite Quote:
That's absolutely excellent.

Birthplace

Born:
12/23/1943
Birth Location:
Antioch
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Biography

Skinner Leadership Institute president Barbara Williams-Skinner was born in Antioch, California, in 1943. Williams-Skinner completed her undergraduate degree at San Francisco State University before attending the University of California, Los Angeles. Williams-Skinner went on to earn her M.S.W. and her J.D. degrees from UCLA. For several years, Williams-Skinner promoted urban leadership and inner-city concerns as executive director of the Congressional Black Caucus. Williams-Skinner also served on the boards of the Martin Luther King, Jr., Center; Volunteers of America; the National Political Congress of Black Women; the Christian Community Development Association; and Evangelicals for Social Action.

In 1992, Williams-Skinner and her husband, the Reverend Tom Skinner, former chaplain to the Washington Redskins and New York Yankees, founded the Skinner Leadership Institute. The endeavor combined two of Williams-Skinner's core ambitions - leadership building and evangelism - into one occupation. The Institute offered leadership development and reconciliation to people of all backgrounds and faiths, especially leaders, students, and youth with emerging leadership potential. The Skinner Leadership Institute aimed to produce a new cadre of leaders who were both technically excellent and spiritually mature, pledged to promoting reconciliation, and working for those in physical or spiritual need.

Williams-Skinner also served as a board member of Operation Rainbow PUSH; the Christian Community Development Association; and the Neighborhood Learning Center. Williams-Skinner was involved with the Community Empowerment Equity Partnership, which ran an Urban Leadership Academy at Ballou Senior High School in Washington, D.C. Williams-Skinner provided leadership development curriculum and teacher training for the program.

Barbara Williams-Skinner raised two stepdaughters: Lauren Skinner Gaines, and Kyla Jewell Skinner.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Barbara Williams-Skinner lists her parents' dates and places of birth
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Barbara Williams-Skinner discusses her mother's background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Barbara Williams-Skinner discusses her father's background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Barbara Williams-Skinner discusses her parents' lives together
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Barbara Williams-Skinner shares some great details of her mother's life
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Barbara Williams-Skinner remembers her father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Barbara Williams-Skinner explains her parents' courtship
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Barbara Williams-Skinner remembers her early home life
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Barbara Williams-Skinner describes her childhood community of Richmond, California
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Barbara Williams-Skinner remembers the church of her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Barbara Williams-Skinner describes her religious journey
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Barbara Williams-Skinner lists the schools she attended
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Barbara Williams-Skinner describes influential teachers/counselors
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Barbara Williams-Skinner remembers her high school experience
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Barbara Williams-Skinner considers modes of leadership
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Barbara Williams-Skinner discusses civil rights activism during her college years
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Barbara Williams-Skinner considers the efforts of the Black Panther Party
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Barbara Williams-Skinner discusses the racial/political climate of California's Bay Area in the 1960s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Barbara Williams-Skinner describes her involvement with the Congressional Black Caucus
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Barbara Williams-Skinner discusses Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm's presidential campaign
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Barbara Williams-Skinner remembers the pioneers of the Congressional Black Caucus
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Barbara Williams-Skinner discusses the Congressional Black Caucus's agenda
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Barbara Williams-Skinner discusses the religious influence of her husband
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Barbara Williams-Skinner recalls meeting her future husband
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Barbara Williams-Skinner details her husband's religious awakening
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Barbara Williams-Skinner discusses her career change
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Barbara Williams-Skinner describes the mission of the Skinner Leadership Institute
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Barbara Williams-Skinner discusses her ministry's philosophy on religious denomination
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Barbara Williams-Skinner explains her decision to pursue studies in divinity
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Barbara Williams-Skinner remembers influential divinity scholars at Howard University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Barbara Williams-Skinner considers the role of women in the black church
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Barbara Williams-Skinner considers female leadership in the church
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Barbara Williams-Skinner discusses cultural interpretations of the Bible
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Barbara Williams-Skinner shares her philosophy on the word of God
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Barbara Williams-Skinner advocates living with integrity
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Barbara Williams-Skinner discusses the role of Christianity in American culture and society
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Barbara Williams-Skinner discusses her hopes and concerns for the black community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Barbara Williams-Skinner considers post-slavery reconciliation in the United States
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Barbara Williams-Skinner discusses the relationship between Africans and African Americans
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Barbara Williams-Skinner considers her legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Barbara Williams-Skinner explains the advantages of small ministries
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Barbara Williams-Skinner considers what she would do differently
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Barbara Williams-Skinner discusses how she would like to be remembered